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UTILITY COSTS AND BARRIERS TO GOING SOLAR REMOVED BY REGULATORS

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hoever said that all good things must come to an end never saw anything like the Arizona solar industry. With generous government subsidies, rapidly improving technology, and plenty of Arizona sunshine, the past decade has been a great time for homeowners to invest in solar power, and the reasons to go solar are about to get even better after some recent policy victories for energy customers go into effect this month. Arizona’s utility regulator, on November 9, issued a litany of ruleshredding orders to one of the state’s largest power companies, resolving a number of longstanding disputes over burdensome restrictions on solar energy. A few of these orders make solar power even more economically beneficial than it already is. Most importantly, the Arizona Corporation Commission ordered APS to eliminate the “grid-access charge” that it had imposed on owners of home solar systems. This fee, which totaled about $100 a year per household on average, was based on a supposed need to recoup a shortfall in what solar customers contributed to grid maintenance. But after a long debate, the commission found this need to be unsubstantiated and ordered it revoked. Solar-industry companies and their customers are celebrating the removal of this arbitrary financial burden, which promises to enhance the financial returns to an investment in solar. “Arizona got rid of an unjustified and outdated charge that has been a drag on the Arizona solar economy,” said Sara Birmingham, a senior policy director at the Solar Energy Industries Association, in a statement. “We are at a point in our country where we need to focus SSS Horizontal.qxp_Layout 1 11/19/21 3:57 PM Page 1 on deploying more clean energy, and unnecessary utility charges and

fees can be a major deterrent to potential solar customers. This change will more fairly recognize the benefits of local solar adoption and we hope we can expand solar accessibility to even more Arizonans. We commend the commission for reversing course on this harmful and discriminatory charge for residential solar customers in Arizona.” Two other rule revocations lift arbitrary restrictions on the size of customers’ solar systems. APS had previously capped the productive capacity of residents’ systems at 1.5 times their greatest energy demand, which APS calculated on the basis of one hour of peak usage in a year. Another scrapped rule had required customers with systems above a certain KW threshold to buy an expensive new electrical control panel, a mandate with no basis in either technological necessity or the electrical code. This will have the effect of reducing the cost to homeowners of larger system installations by up to $3000. These rule changes, which are effective this month, promise to make a good deal even better. By creating substantial cost savings, increasing home equity, and insulating homeowners from unpredictable fossilfuel prices, solar power has already proven its ability to enhance Arizonans’ financial security and independence. Now APS customers can maximize their energy freedom with fewer arbitrary restrictions on how much solar energy they can harness or how much financial benefit they can derive from it. Solar pioneers are winning the fight for forward-thinking energy policy in Arizona. Have you considered taking advantage of the new opportunities that are opening up? If so, contact SunSolar Solutions today at 623-562-9009 to have a design prepared for your home free of charge.

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Holiday Happenings The Latest from Kierland Commons

Compiled by Michelle Talsma Everson Photos Courtesy of Kierland Commons IT’S SHAPING UP TO BE A BUSY SEASON AT KIERLAND COMMONS, THE POPULAR SCOTTSDALE SHOPPING CENTER LOCATED AT 15205 N. KIERLAND BOULEVARD. To help keep you in the know, we rounded up Kierland Commons’ latest news and events. HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS This holiday season enjoy fun family festivities at Kierland Commons. There are story times with Mrs. Claus

(Saturdays, December 11 and 18 from 3-6 p.m.), and photos for your pets (Mondays, December 13 and December 20 from 4-8 p.m.) There’s also, of course, photos available with the big man in red all season long. Visit kierlandcommons. com/holiday for full details.

VUORI CLOTHING NOW OPEN Vuori makes premium performance apparel inspired by the active coastal California lifestyle, an integration of fitness, surf, sport, and art, according to the company. They celebrated their grand opening at Kierland Commons on November 12.

a Southern California vibe with East Coast style through a full line of clothing and accessories for men and boys. COMING IN SPRING 2022 Here is a sneak peek at what to expect in spring 2022 at Kierland Commons:

NEW OPENINGS THIS MONTH Kierland Commons also confirmed these businesses to be opening in December:

BAD BIRDIE’S KIERLAND COMMONS DEBUT On November 18, Bad Birdie celebrated their retail store’s grand opening at Kierland Commons.

TIA MODERN HEALTH: Tia’s therapists practice in a collaborative care model that enables both counseling and medication management prescribed by an accompanied physician. Tia’s licensed clinical therapists offer a variety of specialties ranging from trauma, life transitions, depression, anxiety, and more. Learn more at asktia.com/locations/tia-phx.

“At Bad Birdie, we design standout golf apparel that’s comfortable as all hell without compromising on performance or good vibes. We do it this way because, quite frankly, we think it’s what the game needs,” according to the company. “So, if you’re looking for a good game, and a better time, then we’re going to get along just fine.”

JOHNNIE-O: “We are excited to announce that Johnnie-O will be opening at Kierland Commons this December,” according to the shopping center. Johnnie-O, started by John O’Donnell in 2005, is a branded lifestyle apparel company, founded in Santa Monica, California, that embodies living your best life. The johnnie-O brand fuses

TravisMathew: Founded in 2007, TravisMathew draws its inspiration from the culture and lifestyle of Southern California’s surf, sand, and sun. As a premier men’s lifestyle brand, TravisMathew has created versatile, everyday apparel that seamlessly transitions from work to play. With a smart blend of performance and innovative design, each product is crafted to achieve a perfect balance between functional comfort and superior style. The Lexus Experience: Lexus will bring its interactive, visceral brand experience of brave design, imaginative technology, and exhilarating performance to Kierland Commons. Known for anticipating the future of luxury for its customers, the space promises a memorable encounter, inviting you to explore vehicles in a lowpressure environment that is steeped in immersive design.

Holiday Fun at The Promenade Scottsdale Information and Photo Courtesy of The Promenade Scottsdale LOOKING FOR SOME LOCAL HOLIDAY CHEER? Drive on over to The Promenade Scottsdale at 16243 N. Scottsdale Road to celebrate the season.

FREE GINGERBREAD HOUSE KITS Locals can pick up a free gingerbread house kit with purchase at select stores and restaurants while supplies last. Participating retail locations include: • Chin Up Donuts • Club Pilates (available at a special class on December 17 only) • Elements Massage • Exclusively Men’s Barber and Spa • Giftology • Penchetta • Rinaldi’s Deli • The Capital Grille • V’s Barbershop • World of Rugs HOLIDAY TREE CELEBRATION Join in on spreading holiday cheer throughout the season at The Promenade Scottsdale as the shopping

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center invite local charities in partnership with The Promenade shops to deck the halls. Check out all the trees near Nordstrom Rack to vote for your favorite. The winning tree’s nonprofit will receive a $1,000 donation on behalf of The Promenade and runner ups will receive $500 each. Nonprofit and Participating Retailer/Restaurant Partnerships: • One Love Pitbull Foundation and Chin Up Donuts • Harvest Compassion Center and SAS Shoes • HopeKids and Elements Massage • Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children and Someburros • Girls on The Run and Golden Spoon A holiday tree decorating winner will be announced on or after January 5, 2022. Want more details? Visit scottsdalepromenade.com to learn more. myhyperlocalnews.com


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The Magic of Christmas At The Princess THE MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS AT THE PRINCESS AT THE FAIRMONT SCOTTSDALE PRINCESS IS SET OPEN FOR ITS TWELFTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR. The iconic AAA Five Diamond resort becomes the most festive place this side of the North Pole during its annual Christmas at the Princess six-week festival, which happens through Jan. 2, 2022. Guests will experience that town center holiday feel that you see in all those holiday movies, where people hug a little longer, smile a little more, and share the joy of the holidays with those they love. NEW THIS YEAR A Christmas Wish Forest: As the sun begins to set in the evening sky, make a wish upon a star in the Wish Forest that shines each night with the hopes and dreams of families. Each family will receive magical wish paper to write and record their holiday wishes and dreams. Then, the magical paper is lit, and the wish flutters to the stars. Write it, light it, and watch it fly to the stars! Donations will be accepted and will go to LoveUp to benefit foster care kids in the Valley. The Village, Featuring S’mores Land: The powder is falling, and the mountains are calling at The Village. Sled down the 120-foot Snow Mountain, conquer the ice as you glide through the Alpine Skate Trail, or catch a thrill with a ride on the 90-foot-tall chair lift, with 26 gondolas. Little adventurers will be challenged in the Ice Maze! And don’t forget to Ski Scottsdale with a hop on the ski lift for a fun photo op. Ice Pass, Unlimited Skating: The all-new ice pass gives guests unlimited access to the two outdoor 6,000 square foot ice skating rinks – Desert Ice and the new

Alpine Trail – both made of real ice! $40 per person (skate rental included). Snow Mountain: Sled down 120 feet of blizzardy bliss on the four-lane ice slide! And don’t forget to say hello to Shivers the Yeti before sliding down the frozen attraction. VIP Igloos: As Jack Frost is nipping at your nose, warm up in one of ten VIP climate-controlled igloos with adjoining heated patios. Enjoy the ambience with a warm winter cocktail in hand. Advanced tickets required. CHERISHED FAVORITES Activities that are must-visit favorites are back, including: Enchanted Plaza with the four-story musical tree, Enchanted Plaza video show, Princess Express Train, a walk-through experience of more than six million Lagoon Lights, the Nativity Garden, S’mores Land, Winterland, and Twinkle Town. ADMISSION AND PARKING • In-house guests: Express pass event admission is complimentary for registered hotel guests. • Dine-in: Dine at the resort’s signature restaurants and receive complimentary admission and 50% off valet parking with a $75 minimum spend at any of the resort’s restaurants. Reservations required. • Self-parking and admission: $72; includes up to four wristbands. For more information on Christmas at the Princess, visit ScottsdalePrincess.com or call 480-585-4848. The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is located at 7575 East Princess Drive.

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Holiday Happenings

Holiday Light Experience at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Delivers Another Year of Holiday Cheer THE HOLIDAY LIGHT EXPERIENCE AT SALT RIVER FIELDS, A UNIQUE AND DAZZLING DRIVE-THROUGH HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOW, IS BACK THIS YEAR TO CELEBRATE THE SEASON WITH THE SPECTACLE OF NEARLY FIVE MILLION LIGHTS THAT WILL GREET YULETIDE REVELERS ALONG 1.2 MILES THAT ENCIRCLES THE AWARDWINNING SPRING TRAINING HOME OF THE ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS AND COLORADO ROCKIES. Tickets for the Holiday Light Experience at Salt River Fields are now on sale. Hours are 6-9 p.m. daily with tickets ranging from a general admission of $35 on weekdays to a $375 weekend carriage ride for 12. Tickets for various experiences are available at holidaylightexperience.com. “Salt River Fields is very excited to deliver another opportunity to celebrate the season with The Holiday Light Experience. This year, we’ve elevated every aspect of the five million light spectacle. There are so many new ideas and new surprises in store, including a Santa’s

Village, Holiday Light Theatre, and handcrafted gifts,” says Dave Dunne, General Manager, Salt River Fields. New this year is Santa’s Village. This magical spot welcomes one and all with hot chocolate, beverages and snacks, shopping for distinctive and handcrafted gifts, plus the new Holiday Light Theatre, a spectacle of dynamic, festive lights presented on a 20x40 screen! And, of course, it’s his village – Santa will be there greeting guests. Holiday Light Experience at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick is specially designed as a safe, drive- through exceptional experience enjoyed from the comfort of one’s own vehicle. Guests will wind through a sparkling pathway more than a mile long that surrounds the awardwinning baseball facility, a landmark within The Talking Stick Entertainment District. At every turn, the magical route is anticipated to overflow with spectacular light displays, synchronized to Christmas melodies that bring popular holiday themes and characters to life. Favorite

holiday songs will be simulcast directly into vehicles on a designated FM radio signal. For tickets and latest event details, visit holidaylightexperience.com and follow along on Instagram and Facebook @HolidayLightExperience.

Scottsdazzle Lights Up the Holidays This December By Molly Cerreta Smith THE CITY OF SCOTTSDALE’S HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR, SCOTTSDAZZLE, IS UNDERWAY! With so many events, there are multiple ways to celebrate the season all month long with food, drinks, crafts, activities, scavenger hunts, and more. Check out the line-up of some of Scottsdazzle’s most popular happenings, as well as some new ones debuting this month. Calling all kids! Santa is waiting to receive those letters! Parents can have their children submit wish lists online, so they can visit the Letters to Santa station at the Old Town Farmers Market on Saturday, December 4 and December 11. (Santa

himself will be there to snap selfies with little ones as parents shop for last minute gifts and provisions for the holidays). For those that love to raise a glass in celebration of the season, Scottsdazzle’s “Wine Dazzle” events are just the thing. Participating wineries, tasting rooms and wine bars throughout Old Town, including Carlson Creek, LDV Winery, Kazimierz and Su Vino Winery, are featuring fun events such as crafting, bottling, pairing and “challenge” tastings while enjoying delicious local wines. Scottsdazzle Stroll takes place Saturdays, December 4, 11 and 18 along the canal banks of the Scottsdale Waterfront, which is alive with the sounds of the season. Guests can peruse the area while listening to live holiday music, checking out stunning public art installations, and enjoying holiday décor. (A selfie in front of the city’s all new 40-foot Scottsdazzle tree is a must!). Local vendors will be offering hot cocoa, coffee, and sweet holiday treats during the strolls. The Scottsdale Gallery Association’s Scottsdazzle themed ArtWalk on Thursday, December 9, encourages art lovers to

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shop their favorite local art galleries for the perfect gift while enjoying artist receptions and refreshments at individual galleries as well as strolling carolers throughout Scottsdale’s Arts District. (And maybe even a Santa spotting, too!) On Sunday, December 12, Old Adobe Mission hosts the traditional Miracle of Roses Pageant, which features a performance reenacting the appearances of the Virgin Mary to Juan Diego on Tepeyac Hill near Mexico City; this event also serves to honor Our Lady Guadalupe. The Mission also hosts a live Nativity exhibition featuring real performers and animals reenacting the holy manger scene and art objects representing the birth of Jesus on Saturday, December 18. Artistic types can enjoy two Holly Jolly Painting Parties — one on Saturday, December 18 and one Sunday, December 19, on Marshall Bridge. Each event includes all supplies needed to create a fun holiday masterpiece. Taking place during that weekend, the Sparkle and Spin Scavenger Hunt returns — encouraging guests to explore Old Town on their bikes, uncovering clues and solving puzzles and riddles along the way.

For those that need to unwind and destress from the hectic holiday season can find their Zen during two Yuletide Yoga events held on Marshall Bridge. Hosted by CorePower Yoga on Saturday, December 18 and CA Yoga Barre on Sunday, December 19, these classes encourage attendees to stay present and mindful of the joy of the season. New this year, the City of Scottsdale is encouraging residents and visitors to support small businesses (and earn some holiday cheer in return!) with the Shop Scottsdale Holiday Giveaway. Through Saturday, December 25, small business supporters have a chance to win one of five $250 AMEX gift cards just by shopping. With each $25 qualifying purchase, shoppers have a chance to win big. Qualifying purchases can be made at small businesses in Scottsdale including in-store, online delivery, takeout and gift cards. Shoppers must submit their receipts online to be entered; winners will be notified on Monday, January 10, 2022. Visit scottsdazzle.com for all things Scottsdazzle. myhyperlocalnews.com


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The Holiday Cheer is Here at Desert Ridge Marketplace THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS IN FULL SWING, AND DESERT RIDGE MARKETPLACE IS CELEBRATING WITH A CALENDAR FULL OF CHEERFUL EVENTS AND FESTIVE PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES. Guests are invited to wander through a whimsical wonderland in The District where they can catch festive feels, snap dazzling shots, and check off their holiday gift list. All month long, take in the sights of Christmas in Color, a collection of festive art installations in vibrant shades. Stop by Nutcracker Nights, which features massive Nutcrackers standing four to ten feet tall, framing the fireplace near AMC Theatres. Head toward Dave & Buster’s and stroll beneath a canopy of illuminated spheres and catch a glimpse of the 20-foot-long Starry

& Bright star tunnel filled with vibrant new pops of color. Finally, pop over to the 40-foot-tall Holiday Tree at the main entrance that is sure to make the perfect seasonal shot.

the Salvation Army to provide holiday gifts to children in need. Through December 22, guests can visit the table near Dave & Buster’s, pull a tag, and shop for a gift at their favorite Desert Ridge Marketplace brands.

Through December 31, Desert Ridge Marketplace will transform into a living snow globe with its nightly snowfall every evening at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. near AMC Theatres (excluding Christmas Day). Plus, enjoy snowfall every hour on Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Desert Ridge Marketplace will also feature some of the Valley’s hottest local bands at The District Stage every Friday and Saturday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. Plus, enjoy holiday shows from local community performance groups. Visit shopdesertridge.com for the full schedule.

Continuing the holiday spirit, Desert Ridge Marketplace invites guests to partake in its Salvation Army Christmas Angel Tree. The center has partnered with

Desert Ridge Marketplace is located at 21001 N. Tatum Boulevard in Phoenix. For more information, visit shopdesertridge.com.

December Happenings, Events and New Tenants at Scottsdale Quarter SCOTTSDALE QUARTER IS EXCITED TO CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH ENDLESS EVENTS, ENTERTAINMENT, AND EXPERIENCES FOR THE COMMUNITY. The festive activities include photos with Santa, the highly anticipated free Christmas movie series, countless festive photo opportunities for selfies or your family holiday card, and so much more! Every Saturday and Sunday through December 19, guests can enjoy shopping, carolers, festive characters and more

while strolling through Santa City in The Quad. Also, you can meet Santa and get your photo taken with the jolly man in red through December 24. Reservations are recommended and available at scottsdalequarter.com.

sdale Quarter website. On December 11 from 12-3 p.m., you and your pup can create a tasty treat at Camp Bow Wow’s bone bar and receive a complimentary professional photo with the meanest, greenest grouch in town.

The annual Christmas Movies at The Quarter event series is back! On select Fridays at 6 p.m. bring your chairs and blankets to watch a special holiday feature film in front of the Christmas tree with some surprise character appearances.

NEW AND UPCOMING SHOPS Scottsdale Quarter has added several new stores to its ever-expanding elite lineup of tenants. SkinCeuticals SkinLab™ by Maffi Plastic Surgery recently opened on 72nd Street and the South Street corridor and is SkinCeuticals SkinLab’s first-ever Arizona location. YETI, the best premium coolers and accessories, opened in November in The Quad. Other new tenants include Jennifer Croll, Peloton and Levi’s. Slated to open soon and in 2022 include Landmark Theatres, Faherty, Brilliant Earth, Etta, and Puttshack. These new tenants contribute to the already immersive and dynamic mix of retailers, restaurants, entertainment, and local businesses at the Scottsdale Quarter town center.

CHRISTMAS MOVIE SCHEDULE: • December 3: Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms • December 10: Elf starring Will Farrell • December 17: Jim Carey’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas Santa Paws is coming to town! It doesn’t matter if they’ve been naughty or nice, bring your fur babies in for their very own picture with Santa on December 6 and December 13 from 6-8 p.m. Reservations available on the Scottmyhyperlocalnews.com

For holiday hours and more information, call 480-2708123 or visit scottsdalequarter.com. THE SCOTTSDALE STANDARD • December 2021 • 7


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Great Wolf Lodge’s Annual Snowland Celebration Continues GREAT WOLF LODGE, LOCATED AT 7333 N. PIMA ROAD IN SCOTTSDALE, IS INVITING LOCAL FAMILIES TO ONE OF ITS MOST HIGHLY ANTICIPATED EVENTS OF THE YEAR: ITS ANNUAL SNOWLAND CELEBRATION!

Through January 5, 2022, guests will be immersed in a winter wonderland, with daily snow showers in the Grand Lobby, seasonally themed crafts, holiday stories and songs, and new this year: Snowland Cabanas.

The Snowland Cabanas transport families to their very own whimsical candy cane chalet – a private oasis inside the water park that Great Wolf Lodge created to bring even more holiday joy. Each Cabana features elaborately holiday-themed décor, so guests can cozy up on a lounge chair with their little ones next to a glowing Christmas tree while enjoying a respite from the chilly winter weather inside the 84-degree water park. Throughout the day, snow magically falls from inside the Cabana – creating a truly memorable experience for families. Each Cabana also includes a wreathshaped tube to use on the Crooked Creek lazy river, and a special retail bundle with commemorative ornaments, keepsake mugs, assorted flavors of candy canes, vouchers for holiday-inspired beverages, and more. Beyond spreading holiday cheer with Snowland Cabanas, Great Wolf Lodge is raising funds for Make-A-Wish, which grants wishes to children with critical illnesses. For each reservation of a Snowland Cabana, $10 will be

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donated to Make-A-Wish. Additionally, retail outlets at Great Wolf Lodge will sell festive Santa Hat Wolf Ears for $6.99, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the organization.

There will also be fun, physically distanced activities included as part of an overnight stay, starting in the morning with “Twas the Night Before Snowland” Yoga Tails and concluding in the evening with the Frosty Fest Family Dance Party. Families can also enjoy Snowland Bingo, Trivia games and the popular “Craft Kit to Go” program that gives guests the opportunity to pick up a craft to complete in-room. Throughout Snowland, Great Wolf Lodge’s Paw Pledge program will be in full effect. The program focuses on disinfection and sanitization, physical distancing, personal protection, and minimizing surface interactions in all guest areas across the resort. For more information, visit greatwolf.com.

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C Gallery in North Scottsdale Showcases the Beauty of Art This Holiday Season Photo Courtesy of C Gallery LOCATED AT DC RANCH MARKETPLACE, C GALLERY IS A LOCAL ART GALLERY AND INTIMATE EVENT VENUE. They feature large oil on canvas work, limited edition prints, and photographs exclusive to local, national, and international female artists.

“C Gallery features female artists who bring a unique perspective of the world around us. C Gallery also focuses on the lasting legacy of art from generation to generation,” according to the gallery. “Curating your own art collection reflects your individual personality.”

In addition to having their own space to showcase art, the gallery supports nonprofits by donating a portion of every art sale to charity and donating their space to charitable events. This month, C Gallery owner and featured artist Charlene Falk is bringing the community together and sharing the beauty of art this holiday season.

Some of this month’s featured artists include: • Photographer Rebecca Ritchie is a selftaught photographer from Phoenix. Her photos are mainly focused on landscapes, wildlife, and plants. She was first inspired by her father, who was a talented oil painter and specialized in realistic landscapes. • Abstract artist Nasta Salgado was born in Sonora and nature has always inspired her to create. Her main motive behind her artwork is to manifest happiness and good vibes through vibrant colors and abstract shapes. • Earthenware pottery artist Carol

Balyozian resides in Arizona and is accomplished in many art forms, including photography, printmaking, and origami. Patterns and textures are a strong visual theme in her work. More recently she has found herself immersed in clay, giving way for further exploration with form and volume. • Resin works artist Allison Roy resides in Scottsdale and is inspired by the scenic colors that Arizona offers. From the vibrant blue skyline to the arid desert colors, Allison creates coasters, trivets and platters using resin and alcohol ink to be used and appreciated in the home. C Gallery is located at 20789 N. Pima Road, Suite 100, in the DC Ranch Marketplace. In addition to having art on display, art is also available for sale, and the gallery features coffee products, too. To learn more, visit cgalleryart.com, call 480-825-2794, or follow along on Facebook and Instagram @CGalleryArt.

Mac Entertainment Group to Open Buddah’s Ritual in North Scottsdale SCOTT AND MELISSA MCINTIRE, OWNERS OF MAC ENTERTAINMENT GROUP AND THE COUPLE BEHIND THE AINSWORTH IN DOWNTOWN PHOENIX AND THE LOLA AT WESTGATE, ALONG WITH “JOEY BOY” RODRIGUEZ, HOST OF THE MORNING MESS, ANNOUNCE PLANS TO OPEN A UNIQUE NEW CONCEPT CALLED BUDDHA’S RITUAL IN NORTH SCOTTSDALE THIS FALL. Buddha’s Ritual was created by local entrepreneur and branding visionary, Freddy Nguyen, and will occupy the ground floor retail space in SOHO Scottsdale, a live/work loft and townhome community on the southwest corner of Bahia Drive and N. 92nd Street, just down the street from WestWorld. “Joey and I looked at a number of spaces for a Scottsdale restaurant and finally found the right one,” says Scott McIntire. “We’re excited to bring something entirely new to the area and are confident it is going to be well-received. We can’t wait to open and officially expand Mac Entertainment Group to Scottsdale.” Buddha’s Ritual is a completely original concept fusing food and fashion and Asian and American fare in a fun, casual environment. The restaurant will be open for myhyperlocalnews.com

breakfast, lunch, and dinner, serving several signature items like croffles (croissant waffles) and Buddha’s Benny with crispy pork belly in the morning and pho, ramen, a deconstructed Banh Mi plate, kimchi mac and cheese, kimchi grilled cheese and stone brick oven pizzas with Asian-inspired toppings in the evenings. Just like Mac Entertainment Group’s other two concepts, Buddha’s Ritual will have a strong cocktail program and a great happy hour. The Buddha’s Ritual experience will begin by entering the 2,700 square foot restaurant through a hot pink front door. Guests can enjoy the indoor-outdoor space enabled by multiple garage doors, relax on the expansive patio that will feature a fire pit and lawn games, and sip on signature cocktails at the large bar. Merchandise, including high quality hats and shirts, reflecting the concept’s playful branding also will be available for purchase.

enticed with the mouthwatering menu items that have been created.” Buddha’s Ritual is planning to open soon and is currently looking to hire 50 team members for all front and back of house positions. Interested parties can apply by emailing sohoscottsdale@buddhasritual.com. Open interviews will be held on site every Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. leading up to the opening.

“SOHO Scottsdale is pleased to collaborate with Mac Entertainment Group on their latest concept, Buddha’s Ritual,” says Irene Catsibris Clary, developer of SOHO Scottsdale. “Even the most discerning foodies will be THE SCOTTSDALE STANDARD • December 2021 • 9


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Nonprofit notMYkid Opens New Campus in North Scottsdale By Jenna-Lee Neff COMMUNITY-ORIENTED NONPROFIT NOTMYKID JUST ANNOUNCED THE GRAND OPENING OF THE WELL, A 13,000 SQUARE FOOT WELL-BEING CAMPUS IN SCOTTSDALE WHERE YOUTH AND FAMILIES CAN GO FOR ONGOING EDUCATION, COUNSELING, MENTORING PROGRAMS, AND MORE. The new campus is located at 5310 E. Shea Boulevard. The Well helps meet the physical, emotional, and social needs of individuals ages 10-24. Trauma-informed, certified providers who are passionate about helping individuals staff the campus with an array of programs for teens, young adults, and caregivers. The campus is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and evenings by appointment. Locals can learn more by calling 602652-0163 or by visiting notMYkid.org. “Our journey to opening The Well over the past six months has given us an incredible opportunity to completely transform how we serve and urgently respond to the second pandemic upon us: a mental health emergency,” says notMYkid Chief Executive Officer Kristen Polin. “Our organization, notMYkid, has worked tirelessly to pivot how we support

families, schools, and communities by implementing a comprehensive mental health response. We have opened a licensed outpatient treatment center, developed critically needed peer support services, offer social emotional learning in partnership with schools, virtual webinars for caregivers, and we created a family navigation protocol to help families access the care they need.” In addition to providing trauma-informed outpatient therapy, the well-being campus offers a full spectrum of healing modalities, including educational workshops and retreats, mindfulness and meditation, movement and yoga, sound healing, art expression, and social emotional learning. “This is heart work for our team,” Polin shares. “We are proud of what we have built, and we are excited to share The Well with our community for many years to come.” Following two decades of service in Arizona, notMYkid is a local 501(c)3 nonprofit that has completely transformed their services to meet the unique needs facing youth, young adults, and their families. Since 2020, the organization now offers a full continuum of life-saving prevention, early intervention, behavioral

health support, and wellness programs. Their team of prevention and behavioral health experts are dedicated to helping youth and young adults overcome challenges during their most vulnerable years. Programs are traditionally delivered in schools, community organizations, at the workplace, and direct to devices via podcast and webinars. With the arrival of a global pandemic, it has not been business as usual and their commitment to quality and inclusivity led to a swift transition to in-person and technology-assisted care platforms as well as expansion into treatment services to meet the urgent and rapidly changing needs of families.

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New Charitable Organization Shares Modern Healing with Disadvantaged Youth QUASAR QUANTUM YOUTH FUND, A NEW SCOTTSDALE-BASED PHILANTHROPIC ORGANIZATION, IS OFFERING CUTTING-EDGE, NON-INVASIVE TECHNOLOGIES AND HOLISTIC MODALITIES TO AT-RISK YOUTH FACING PHYSICAL, MENTAL, AND EMOTIONAL CHALLENGES. The nonprofit, dedicated to helping disadvantaged children and teens with their wellness journeys, is partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona to sponsor a child from within the organization each quarter to help them heal by formulating a plan for the child to live a healthy, balanced life. Quasar Quantum Youth Fund provides full and partial scholarships to children and teenagers in financial need facing challenges like depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, drug and alcohol use, and autism spectrum disorder, who may benefit from the programs offered by Quasar Quantum Healing. Quasar Quantum Healing is a breakthrough, state-ofthe-art healing center in North Scottsdale that offers science-backed modern technologies combined with natural therapies. The center provides an alternative to conventional wellness practices, with an emphasis on healing the body and mind at a cellular level to optimize mental, emotional, and physical health. By partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central

Arizona, Quasar Quantum Youth Fund will be able to provide the same beneficial therapies available to the clients of Quasar Quantum Healing to one new child per quarter, giving them access to unique treatments, including the state’s only Walk-in Hyperbaric Chamber, LED Light Bed Therapy, Wellness IV Drips, Quantum Foot Detox, AO Scan, Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS), Theta Chamber, Himalayan Salt Cave salt therapy, yoga, nutritional education, and more. The sponsored child will be selected based on an assessment provided by Quasar Quantum Youth Fund and recommendations by the leaders within Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona. Quasar Quantum Youth Fund gives disadvantaged youth access to the breakthrough treatments provided by Quasar Quantum Healing, which utilizes caring treatment and guidance to help clients heal at a cellular level, reprogram the mind and body, and implement a healthier lifestyle for a better life.

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Health

Mercy Care Advantage (HMO SNP) Can Help Eligible Beneficiaries Say I’m Covered Arizonans who are eligible for Medicare and Medicaid may be eligible for an array of healthcare benefits Contributed by Mercy Care Advantage

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hoosing a health plan that’s right for you can be daunting. With so many options available, it is important to know your individual health care needs will be covered. With Mercy Care Advantage and its broad range of benefits and services, you can confidently say, “I’m Covered!” Mercy Care Advantage, an Arizona-based not-for-profit health plan, is a comprehensive health and prescription drug plan serving individuals throughout Arizona whose special needs and/or financial status makes them eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. To qualify for Mercy Care Advantage, you need both Medicare Parts A & B and you must be eligible to receive AHCCCS Medicaid benefits. Medicare and AHCCCS Medicaid eligibility are verified at the time of enrollment. Mercy Care Advantage members pay no monthly plan premiums for an array of covered health services, including general wellness, behavioral health, dental, vision and hearing care. There are even non-traditional services including transportation and a nurse’s hotline available to members. To be eligible to enroll, individuals need to live in our Mercy Care Advantage geographic service area. Our service areas for the following Medicaid programs includes the following counties:

• For the AHCCCS Complete Care (ACC) Medicaid program our service area is Gila, Maricopa and Pinal counties. • For ALTCS Medicaid our service area is Gila, Maricopa, Pima, and Pinal counties. • For the Arizona Division of Developmental Disabilities, our service area is all Arizona counties. Mercy Care Advantage’s network includes primary care providers (PCP), specialists, therapists, urgent care centers, clinics, hospitals, and providers of home and community-based services. In addition, Mercy Care Advantage members receive coverage for routine transportation to certain Mercy Care Advantage supplemental benefits. To receive the most from your benefits, all Mercy Care Advantage members are required to receive all routine care from Mercy Care Advantage plan providers. Exceptions are made in the event of an emergency or an urgently needed care situation or for kidney dialysis services received from a Medicare-certified dialysis facility when you are temporarily outside the plan’s service area. Mercy Care Advantage is more than just a health plan, we are part of the Arizona community. Our employees are your neighbors, family and friends. With a commitment to serving the health needs of Arizona, our members are the focus of our organization, and we treat each member with respect, compassion and dignity. We connect with the community in many ways. An important part of our mission is helping the community thrive. We care about what happens here. We work with and support community organizations whose mission aligns with our goals of improving the health of members in Arizona. Each year, through Mercy C.A.R.E.S. (Community, Action, Resources, Education and Service), we provide direct support with grant funding, sponsorship or other financial investments. We also provide support through volunteer service hours, board participation and fundraising efforts to nonprofit organizations and programs that address addiction recovery, housing, school-based services, food insecurity, women’s health and pandemic support across Arizona.

Following are some of the organizations we partner with and sponsor: • Hushabye Nursery • Pathway to Hope • Sonoran Prevention Works • Home Matters AZ • Community Bridges, Inc. • Save the Family • Supportive Services for Families • Valle del Sol • Teen Lifeline • Childsplay • March of Dimes • Barrow Neurological Institute • Jewish Family & Children’s Service • Farm Express Bus • ACCEL At Mercy Care, our vision is for our members to live a healthier life and achieve their full potential. With one health plan and local case managers helping you get the treatment, medication and support you need, Mercy Care Advantage gives members peace of mind to know they’re covered. Local: 602-414-7630 Toll-free: 1-866-571-5781 (TTY 711) Representatives are available 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., 7 days a week. Learn more at www.JoinMCA.org. Mercy Care Advantage is an HMO SNP with a Medicare contract and a contract with the Arizona Medicaid Program. Enrollment in Mercy Care Advantage depends on contract renewal.

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People experiencing back pain know real solutions can be hard to find. Dr. Tom Padilla, owner of the top-rated physical therapist clinic in Scottsdale, The Doctors of Physical Therapy, is hosting a free, one-hour community event sharing “How to Solve Chronic Back Pain Without Surgery.” The event will start at 5:30pm on December 08, 2021 at The Doctors of Physical Therapy clinic at 8350 E Evans Rd Ste C2.

happy I found them,” Katherine said. This is a common story The Doctors hear at their physical therapy clinic in Scottsdale. Clients often come in with unrelenting pain and a history of being told by their doctors that they just need to “take it easy” and to manage their pain with medication. They’ve come to the conclusion that they just have a “bad back.” Most people with back pain have tried “everything” to get rid of it. At the workshop, The Doctors are talking about the mistakes that are preventing people from healing, the most common causes of back pain, and the best treatments for each. Based on the most credible research The event is for people who: • Struggle with back or hip pain when available, The USA Doctors been able to - By Leading Backhave Pain Expert craftDra series of approaches that target and fix they stand or walk, Tom Padilla • Have pain when they sit for long the cause of 80 percent of back pain cases, periods, giving their back pain clients new, pain-free • Experience pain, numbness, or tingling, lives that let them get back to the activities • Experience their lower back “giving love. Dr. Tom’s Bodythey Copy out” frequently, or Clients who’ve had back pain for years Picture • Are afraid that their pain will get worse or even decades are doing everything from or require surgery if they do nothing. hiking and running to picking things up from the floor without pain. Katherine, a previous workshop attendee, Many people are hesitant about physical had tried chiropractors, physical therapy, therapy after being let down in the past. massages, stretching, and foam rolling, but The thing is, back pain is not the result never found a lasting solution for her back of having a “bad back,” as many who pain. By the time she came to The Doctors suffer from chronic pain have been led to of Physical Therapy, she’d been suffering believe. There are real solutions, based on real research and real results. from limiting back pain for five years. This free community workshop is for As an active mother of two and physician people who want their body to keep up with assistant, Katherine relied on her mobility. She was sleeping badly, waking up each the lives they want to live but are skeptical. “The satisfaction of our past workshop morning with pain, and was unable to workout, pick things up off of the floor, or attendees has shown us that most people play with her children. Her pain was keeping with back pain just haven’t been exposed to the information that actually applies her from living her life. She wanted and needed to live her life to them. So we’ve decided to host another without pain, tingling, and stiffness, and be workshop in hopes of helping a few more able to sleep comfortably through the night people who’ve suffered from the debilitating so she could be the best PA and mother problem get their lives back,” says Dr. Tom Padilla. possible. Before you resort to surgery or settle for By the end of her time with DPT, Katherine’s life had taken a 180. After five medicated pain management, get to know years of consistent, life-limiting pain, she what your options are. This is the last started sleeping better, working out, and workshop The Doctors of Physical Therapy are running this year. There are only a few playing with her kids again. “My back would go out three times a spots left at the 10-person event. The year, and I would have shooting pain upon small-group format allows The Doctors waking. After the first month on my plan to work with each attendee to guarantee from The Doctors of Physical Therapy, my everyone will get the attention they need. shooting pain went away. Fast forward to To register or find out more, visit now, I have been pain free for over a year. the workshop registration page at Body Copy I am now able to exercise and do my daily www.thedoctorsofpt.com/back-workshop/ activities without discomfort! I am SO or call them at 480-482-0651.

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of January, February, and March 2022. This includes swim lessons, water exercise classes, youth activities, adult programs, and more. Programming is not limited to a specific age—there are a variety of options for everyone from toddlers to seniors.

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Community

Hello Neighbor! HI, MY NAME IS... Tim Iorio. I’VE LIVED IN SCOTTSDALE FOR NINE YEARS AND I LOVE IT BECAUSE… The winter weather and sunshine. My wife Sue and I moved here from Ohio in 2012. Scottsdale is just a neat place to live with wonderful community activities. A TYPICAL DAY IN MY LIFE INCLUDES… Working at TNTSJ Publishing, a self-publishing company formed in 2019. My wife and I wrote our first book together published in 2020. The title is “The Penn State WalkOn: Overcoming the Pain and Legacy of Suicide Through Football, Faith, and Family” and it can be found in Amazon Books. I also do research and write papers. For example, I co-authored a paper with Mr. Paul Pellioni, an entrepreneur in Ohio, titled, “What We Wish We Knew 30 Years Ago: A Paper to Help College Students.” Anyone interested in reading the paper can email me at TNTSJLLC@gmail.com. MY FAMILY IS… Sue and I have been married 46 years and have three sons (our oldest, Nick, is deceased). Sue is a nurse practitioner. I have a Ph.D. and have served as an adjunct professor for several universities, including the University of Arizona. We have five lovely grandchildren. One son, Joe Iorio, lives in Scottsdale with his wife and kids and works for a division of Johnson & Johnson as an executive territory manager. Another son, Tim Iorio, lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and kids. He is an orthopedic surgeon. ONE THING I CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT IS… Penn State football. MY FAVORITE MOVIE I COULD NEVER GET TIRED OF WATCHING AND WHY… The Godfather. I think the actors are outstanding and the movie is well done. Although the movie is about organized crime; it is also about a close family. It shows the loyalty of family members. However, it also shows how criminal activity ends up in tragedy and disgrace. The movie Rocky takes a close second. 14 • December 2021 • THE SCOTTSDALE STANDARD

WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, I WANTED TO BE… A history teacher. I have always loved history and was usually at the top of my class in high school and college. I particularly love the history of the American Revolution, Civil War, World War II, and politics. I loved labor relations courses and ended up with a career in that field. One of my main hobbies continues to be reading history. THE SONG I WOULD SING AT KARAOKE NIGHT IS… “Boys” by the Beatles with Ringo Starr. I am a product of the 60s and love the Beatles and Ringo Starr. THE ONE PERSON WHO MOTIVATES ME IS… My wife. Sue encouraged me greatly when I went to graduate school at the University of Illinois and doctorate program at Indiana Tech. Many times, I felt like dropping out, but she has always been there for me through thick and thin. THE LAST THING THAT MADE ME LAUGH OUT LOUD WAS… In September 2021, I served as the master of ceremonies at my fiftieth high school reunion at Toledo St. Francis de Sales. I would call up some of my classmates to give the audience some stories from way back. It was a hoot! THE PERFECT DAY WOULD BE… To exercise, read, and watch some movies. I have to say also being with my grandchildren and having fun with them. MY FAVORITE LOCAL NONPROFIT IS… St. Mary’s Food Bank. I consider myself blessed and want to give back to the community. St. Mary’s does a wonderful job helping people and getting them back on their feet. MY LIFE… Is about my faith, my family and friends, and giving back to the community. THE BEST GIFT I’VE EVER RECEIVED WAS… There are certainly many but the one that stands out is the beautiful, engraved clock that I received from my

two sons when I graduated from my Ph.D. program. I consider it my Super Bowl trophy and it will always hold a special place in my heart. MY DREAM VACATION WOULD BE… A Viking cruise in Europe. Sue and I had one booked in 2020 but had to cancel due to the pandemic. THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE I’VE EVER RECEIVED… Was from my mom and dad: to always place importance on faith and family and show respect to everyone. I have worked to keep that sound advice in practice. I was in labor relations for almost 35 years. I can still hear my dad say, “Always show respect to the worker and listen to him or her.” It really is about practicing sound ‘human relations’ in and outside of the workforce. myhyperlocalnews.com


Real Estate The Bright Side of Inflation By Joseph Callaway With the price of meat, potatoes and gasoline going up like a runaway balloon, you might be searching for a silver lining. Look no further than your monthly mortgage payment. Yes, you’ve taken care of your real estate investment and now it will take care of you. In times of inflation, your home goes up in value as the buying power of the dollar goes down. Plus, and here is the silver lining, the size of your monthly payment stays the same. That’s right, you get to pay your debt with even cheaper money. Renters don’t get to do that. Landlords are the first to see the opportunity to raise rents. What about other investments? If your investment or retirement account pays you a fixed return, you are just like the mortgage company receiving less real cash each month. If your money is in stocks or precious metals, you are subject to the ups and downs caused by supply and demand. Real estate remains your best investment. Should you buy more real estate in times of inflation? Especially in these time of low interest rates, the answer is a resounding yes. It doesn’t take a rocket science degree to see that borrowing money at 3% interest and repaying it with dollars that are 5% to 6% cheaper is a

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no brainer. The secret is to use this formula to buy real property, assets that retain their value. Does this mean that you should buy a rental property, a piece of land or partner on the purchase of a commercial property? Perhaps. Just be sure the investment makes sense - inflation is not the only reason to justify such investment. And what if you do not currently enjoy the advantage of home ownership? Find a way to buy now. If you have a credit obstacle, get it repaired. If you have a down payment shortfall, borrow from family, have a yard sale, or find some extra dollars to put down. If you need more income, take a second job, start a home-based business, or even pool your resources with another person. Just find a way to buy real estate now.

Joseph Callaway is co-owner of Those Callaways, an independent brokerage operating in 85254 for 25 years. For additional information, visit ThoseCallaways.com or call 480596-5751.

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Cover Story

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ith the charming boutiques of Paris as inspiration, Darlene Richert created an exquisite shopping destination in Scottsdale unlike any other. A luxury furniture consignment store artfully curated with high-end designer pieces, antiquities, original artwork, rugs, and sought-after home accessories from the Valley’s most exclusive estates, Avery Lane has grown beyond Richert’s wildest expectations. “I never envisioned Avery Lane being 34,000 square feet,” she says. “My friends always joke, ‘You’re one city block now.’” Prior to starting Avery Lane, Richert spent 25 years in the professional golf development industry, successfully managing millions of dollars in marketing and dealing with large corporations. “I took this deep dive off a high board to start Avery Lane,” she says of investing her own 401K savings to lease a 12,000-square-foot space near the Scottsdale Airpark in 2012. “I would say it probably took about a year for me to get the right items in and find the right aesthetic,” Richert says of the store named after her two children. “I wasn’t an interior designer and I’d never been in retail, but I had a strong vision for a business and a passion to create something special.” Richert’s discerning eye has developed as a lifetime lover of the arts, architecture, and interior design. Drawn to theater, she performed on stage and in front of the camera. Her acting prowess and ability to think on her feet can be seen in the interior design videos she posts on Avery Lane’s YouTube channel, where she effortlessly demonstrates how to mix and match items off the showroom floor.

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The unique feeling one gets strolling through Avery Lane is due in large part to Richert’s own eclectic aesthetic. “I like this mix of old world and new world. That’s how I am in terms of how I design and how I live. I’m a very traditional person and then I’m contemporary in some other ways. I love to watch classic English literature—shows like Downton Abbey and movies like Pride and

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Prejudice—but then I’m a very contemporary, successful businesswoman.”

there is no misunderstanding later. It eliminates so Rosie’s House: A Music Academy for Children. “It’s many problems,” she says. the largest nonprofit musical school for kids who are impoverished,” she says of the organization. Raised on a ranch in Montana, along with her Richert counts EO Arizona, a peer-to-peer twin sister and three brothers, Richert grew up entrepreneurs’ organization, as another element Meanwhile, in February, Richert is hosting a experiencing firsthand the value of a hard day’s to her success. She’s served on the board multiple high tea fundraiser at Avery Lane for Send work. Her first job was moving irrigation pipes in times and looks to the members for advice. “We Me On Vacation, a nonprofit that provides the pastures. really support each other and how to run and cancer survivors the opportunity to initiate the grow our companies,” she says. process of emotional healing through a vacation It’s this strong worth ethic and sense of honor that experience. has continued to serve her business well, as does From a growth standpoint, after much expansion her unwavering commitment to Avery Lane’s over the past few years, Richert has her sights set “I love having this platform of Avery Lane, where clients. on perfecting the Avery Lane experience. Having we can be a venue to support charities,” says more efficient systems in place, creating a more Richert. “I’m a strong Christian. My faith steers how I run seamless experience for consignors, and making my business and interact with my customers. the showroom look even better are priorities. When you think about what people are trusting me with—it’s sometimes $50,000 to $100,000 “I’m lucky that this became a viable option for worth of their property—I take that seriously,” me. I’m happy having the business I have now,” says Richert. “There’s an absolute obligation to be says Richert, who’s also working to bring more 15613 N. Greenway Hayden Loop, forthright and honorable in all dealings.” attention to local charities.

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For transparency and accountability, all Avery Lane agreements are in writing. “One of my mantras to my own staff is to get a paper trail so

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PARADISE VALLEY HIGH CREST TEACHER NAMED 2021 ASTA HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER OF THE YEAR Amanda Cherry, a science teacher in the Center for Research in Engineering, Science, and Technology (CREST) program at Paradise Valley High School, received the 2021 High School Science Teacher of the Year award presented

by the Arizona Science Teachers Association (ASTA). “My science educator peers were the judges and being recognized by our professional organization is a truly special honor,” Cherry says. “I was first introduced to ASTA and the importance of continuing to improve my practice while I was a student teacher, and my continuing education has helped to keep me motivated and excited to share the process of science with my students.” REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR THE 12TH ANNUAL PVSCHOOLS COMMUNITY 5K RUN Registration for the 12th Annual PVSchools Community 5K Run is now open. The last day to register for the event is February 1, 2022. Participants must register by January 7, 2022, to receive a T-shirt. All participants will register under their team name (school, department, or other). To register, visit raceentry.com/races/ paradise-valley-5k-community-funrun/2022/register. The race will be virtual again this year. Participants can complete the 3.1mile run/walk with family and friends anytime between February 1-8, 2022. Proceeds benefit PVSchools.

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Celebrating The Joy

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rowing up I always wanted a Christmas tree, and like most Jewish kids, I had immense Christmas envy. Sure, my parents went big for Hanukkah, but still, I put out cookies and milk hoping Santa wouldn’t forget me… and go figure, he never did. I tell my kids they’re the lucky ones— they get to celebrate both holidays as my husband and I come from different backgrounds. While things can be a tad confusing, we’re flooding our children with tradition and instilling in them values varying religions have in common: being a good person, compassion, integrity, and faith. To us, the holiday season is about a twinkling Christmas tree and lighting the menorah. It’s about listening to jolly jams, watching holiday movies, visiting Santa, and spinning the dreidel. It’s about opening presents—maybe too many— considering we celebrate eight crazy nights and the joy of Christmas morning. It’s about discussing the miraculous meaning of Hanukkah and attending church on Christmas. And it’s about believing—simply believing in the magic of the season.

If you’re anything like us, juggling holidays and striving to find meaning, remember you’re not alone. As parents, we aim to pave “the right path” for our children, but I’ve come to realize there’s beauty in our winding journey, and that is what makes it special, interesting, and sacred. Here are some of our annual traditions to ring in the holidays. READ Sure, we’re stocked with Christmas books, but one of my favorites is a good read that’s ideal for interfaith families with young children. My son’s former kindergarten teacher introduced us to the book “Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama,” by Selina Alko, and it’s a colorfully illustrated, beautiful story showcasing a mix of two traditions. The storyline makes for an excellent road map to help navigate the holidays. DO SOMETHING GOOD Every year we bring goodies to our hospital’s NICU—whether little gifts for the newborn babies or cookies for the nurses working overtime. Pick a place special to your family and drop off some treats or have your kids choose a few toys they don’t play with anymore to donate to a children’s shelter. Teaching your kids to give back is the true spirit of the season.

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ARRANGE A NEIGHBORHOOD GIFT EXCHANGE A neighborhood gift exchange is a simple way to celebrate with friends without going overboard. With a $20 maximum, arrange for the kids in your neighborhood to buy presents for one another and then pick a December evening for the exchange (even in someone’s driveway). It’s a celebratory way to instill in kids there’s a lot of fun in giving as well as receiving. SNAG INSTA-WORTHY PJ PICS If you’re looking for twinning pajamas, check out our family’s fave: LazyOne. The high-quality sets have something for everyone: dad, mom, kids, baby, and even pets. Choose from cliché Christmas plaid, Menorah-decorated onesies, or wintery designs infused with moose, bears, fa-lala llamas, elves, candy canes, and more. Visit lazyone.com to see the collections.

with white acrylic paint, coating the tips of the pinecone. Add ornaments by small dotting red, blue and yellow scattered around the tree. Finally, get a small wooden star from any local craft store, paint it yellow, and paste it to the top using a hot glue gun. Both crafts are so adorable for festive home décor! From our family to yours, merry everything. May Santa be good to you, and may you win the jackpot at dreidel. Nadine Bubeck is a former news anchor turned all things mama. She is a TV parenting/lifestyle/travel contributor, author, influencer, and blessed boy mom times three. Learn more at nadinebubeck.com. Her eldest, Nicholas, is CEO of creationsbynicholas.com.

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may limit your opportunities. However, you may also be able to find scholarships from other sources that apply specifically for older students. Your school’s financial aid office may be a helpful resource. • Loans. Adult students are eligible to take out traditional student loans. If you do, be thoughtful about the amount you borrow and diligent about repaying them quickly after graduation. You may be able to deduct a portion of the student loan interest from your gross income, subject to certain limitations. • Tax credits. There may be opportunities to reduce your tax bill if you qualify for education-related tax credits. For example, the Lifetime Learning Credit is a tax credit of up to $2,000 per tax return for qualifying higher education expenses (income limits apply). Which option – or combination of options – is right for you? Enrolling as a full-time student means higher upfront costs and a bigger time commitment. Yet, it can result in a degree or certification faster, which may be ideal if you are eligible for a higher-paying position afterward or if you are funding your schooling through scholarships and loans. If you choose to complete a class at a time, your education will take longer. Financially, this could allow you to absorb tuition and fees into your regular budget or pull the funds from a 529 account that is earning investment income in the meantime. Additionally, doing so may maximize your tax credit and reimbursement options. No matter how you fund higher education, consider how the cost fits within your overall financial strategy. A good place to start is to sit down with a financial advisor to discuss how you can prioritize school amid your other financial goals.

illions of Americans in the workforce are heading back to school to further their education. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, college students over the age of 25 are projected to increase 11% by 2026. These adult learners are enrolling for a variety of reasons – to train for a new career, satisfy an urge to expand their knowledge base, or earn an MBA or master’s degree to improve their growth in their current job. If you decide additional education is the right option for you, be aware that tuition costs are on the rise. How will you pay for it? Here are some options to contemplate: • Your savings. Consider what savings you may have available to put toward tuition. If your return to school is still a semester or two away, start setting aside specific savings you can use for this purpose. Be sure to account for the cost of books, technology and other fees your school of choice may require. Resist the urge to tap into your retirement accounts. While it may be tempting, you have other sources of funds to pay for school that are not available to pay for your retirement. • 529 Plans. A tax-advantaged 529 college savings plan is typically used as a savings vehicle for future education needs of children or grandchildren. But you can also establish a 529 for your own education or tap unused assets you established in a child’s account for your own expenses. • Tuition reimbursement. Returning to school is particularly attractive if your employer offers a tuition reimbursement program. In practical terms, this means you could further your education and potentially improve your job and career prospects at a reduced cost to you. Important caveats may be tied to the reimbursement, such as only covering tuition Renee A. Hanson, CFP®, ChFC®, CEP®, CDFATM, CFS®, BFA®, APMA®, is a Private Wealth Advisor with Affinity Wealth Advisory Group, a private for coursework in an area relevant to your current role or requiring you to remain with your employer for a wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC. in Phoenix, Arizona. She specializes in fee-based financial planning and asset period of time after completing your education. Check management strategies and has been in practice for 30 years. To contact with your human resources department to see what her visit www.affinitywealthadvisor.com or call (602) 923-9800. Her office is located at 7010 E. Chauncey Lane, Suite #200, Phoenix, AZ 85054-3115. benefits are available to you. Investmentin.advisory products services are made available through Putting and the needs of clients firstisisno theage approach I’ll work withandyou to find • Grants scholarships. There limit to I believe Financial Services, LLC, a registered investment adviser. the right solutions to help you for yourAmeriprise unique goals. And together, we’ll qualify for financial federal financial aid. Financial needplan dictates Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC. Member FINRA and SIPC. track your over time, your plan along way Financial, to helpInc. get you reserved. where the ability to progress qualify for grants at theadjusting federal level, which © 2021the Ameriprise All rights you want to go. Renee A. Hanson CFP®, CEP®, CDFA®, CFS®, ChFC®, APMA® Private Wealth Advisor Affinity Wealth Advisory Group A private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

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hange is inevitable. With estate planning, you put in place the best plan you can at the time. However, as your life proceeds, and the law twists and turns, your plan may need an update. So, when should you review – and possibly renew – your estate plan? CHANGES IN THE LAW One change that can make a difference in your plan isn’t even something you might know about. Federal or state law may change, and your plan might need to be adjusted to address the new laws.

simpler plan in place will make it easier for your surviving spouse and children to administer. THE BIG FOUR OF LIFE EVENTS – MARRIAGE, DIVORCE, BIRTH AND DEATH It seems obvious that if you get married or divorced, you need to change your plan. When you leave a marriage, leave the old estate plan and replace it with a new plan. On marrying, don’t forget to change the plan you did before marriage. I’ve had to console the spouse who finds out too late that her husband failed to adjust his plan and didn’t change his life insurance or IRA beneficiaries.

For example, the Arizona Trust Code was enacted in 2008, changing the former trust law completely. If your trust was put in place before 2008, you need a review, because the law on which it was based is now very different.

The birth of a child is also an occasion to change your plan or put one in place if you haven’t done so yet. You need to protect that life you brought into the world. Protection includes making sure things are in place for their care if you are no longer here.

The federal estate tax exemption has changed over the years as well. The exemption (what you can give away in life and at death without taxes) has been as low as $600,0000 but is now $11.7 million per person. If your estate plan was done when the exemption was low, your plan may be far more complex than what you need if your estate is well below the exemption amount. Putting a

MOVING FROM STATE TO STATE Another significant life event is a move to another state. While your attorney in your old state may have done a fine job, it is important to be sure that your new home state doesn’t have laws that affect your plan adversely. A local attorney can advise you about whether your existing plan requires changes.

A REVIEW EVERY THREE TO FIVE YEARS I recommend that my clients review their trusts with me every three to five years. That way, we can discuss any changes in their lives and in the law and update to be sure the plan is what is needed. If I can help you, let me know. You can find my contact information at Libbybanks.com or call the office at 602375-6752.

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he North Pole Experience (NPX), the Home of Santa’s Workshop, is heading into their twelfth year of opening their workshop doors to families from around the world to build toys with the elves. Located in Flagstaff, the North Pole Experience is the only one of its kind in the United States, providing guests the utmost unique Christmas adventure of a lifetime. The NPX adventure begins at the Little America Hotel in Flagstaff, which is decked out in millions of lights. When families arrive to Little America, they will check in and receive their golden ticket to Santa’s Workshop. The golden ticket grants access to board one of Santa’s trolleys, which is where the North Pole Experience begins. Families take a ride through a magic portal to Santa’s massive workshop in the middle of the forest. As guests pass through the portal, Christmas music fills the trolley, lights flash, and children close their eyes. Before they know it, they have reached the North Pole. There in front of them lies the secret of all secrets: Santa’s massive workshop in the middle of the North Pole Forest. Children and parents are then guided off the trolley where they find themselves in front of a set of mag-

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nificent doors where they knock for the elves. Once families enter Santa’s toy factory headquarters, that is where the real magic begins. Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole Experience is a complete, hands-on experience for children. Families work side-by-side with the elves, learning all sort of secrets inside the workshops. Children receive high-clearance access to build toys with the elves, interacting with the workshop bustle. Families visit Santa’s main factory floor, which is filled with conveyor belts and soaring ceilings filled with gifts and packages. The fun doesn’t stop there as you stop for a visit with Mrs. Claus and enjoy scrumptious “Yeti-o’s” (sugared donuts) and “snowman soup” (hot chocolate with marshmallows) in the North Pole Bakery before heading into Elf University.

Owner Scott Pace is the mastermind behind the ultimate Christmas experience, carefully recreating every detail and vision of what his then-5-year-old twin girls requested 13 years ago. “They wanted to visit Santa’s real workshop, and a year later, the portal opened.” “It’s wonderful to have guests back to the North Pole Experience again this year and welcome families to enjoy the magic of Christmas,” says Pace. “Christmas is a magical time of year, and it just wasn’t the same last year. NPX offers a truly one-of-a-kind experience that captures the essence of the Christmas spirit and unforgettable memories to last a lifetime.”

The NPX 2021 season goes through Sunday, December 26. Families are encouraged to pre-select time and If your child has ever wondered what happens to all dates as the experience sells out every year. Once you those letters they send to Santa, be sure to stop by San- have booked tickets for North Pole Experience, you ta’s mailroom and his personal office while you’re there! can stretch your adventure out even longer by booking Santa’s mailroom, his personal office, and his top-secret a meal or overnight stay at the Little America Hotel. Options include breakfast with Santa and/or the North “Area 47” Sleigh Hanger, featuring his famous sleigh, is jam packed with some of the most advanced technology Pole Experience dinner buffet. Meals are available for in the world, including runway lights, radar systems, and purchase even if you don’t stay the night at the hotel. All tickets for the North Pole Experience can be purchased more. Families end the 1.5-hour workshop tour with a online at northpoleexperience.com. private family visit with Santa.

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Movie Reviews and Upcoming Release Dates By A.D. Beal

IN THEATERS Dune

Spencer A fable about Princess Diana set over three days. Haunting, but not scary, Spencer is strangely a relatable movie. The anxiety that Diana feels throughout the film, in one of Kristen Stewart’s finest roles, is realistic and terrifying, sometimes going into surreal. The fuzzy visuals add to the mood of the film, giving it a lovely but still unsettling mood. Jonny Greenwood’s score is outstanding, very different from his usual film work, more like his earlier Radiohead days in how somber it comes across. If you can stomach how patient it is as a film, you will be rewarded with an incredible experience. Eternals

have praised this film for diverging from the usual Marvel fare, but to me it didn’t go far enough. Every now and then, an interesting idea about these characters’ roles pops its head, and almost goes somewhere. But then, the script does nothing with it and chooses to focus on something else, like the usual forced humor of Marvel films or long scenes of dull exposition. You feel bad for the actors here, trying so desperately to get something out of this material when they have so little to work with, but only Brian Tyree Henry comes out succeeding. Most of all, for a film with the lore it has, it strangely does little with it and takes potentially grand images and worlds and wastes them. What could have been something special in this series turned out to be another disposable picture to add to the Disney+ library.

ON NETFLIX The Harder They Fall

In the far future, a young man must face his destiny when his family is under attack over control of a planet and its resources. Dune is the ideal blockbuster and a showcase of Denis Villenueve at the height of his filmmaking career. With worldbuilding not seen since The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, each faction, character and planet feel alive and breathing, despite their different amounts of screen time. In spite of its handling as an adventure/action film (which it delivers), the film is filled with several moments straight out of a horror movie with Paul’s terrible visions of war and the scenes on Giedi Prime. At the same time, the tragic moments pack their necessary punch and the cast is one of the best ensembles in recent years. A true masterpiece, and likely to be a defining film of its time, Dune is not to be missed. myhyperlocalnews.com

They Fall establishes Jeymes Samuel well. An homage that doesn’t become a copy, energetic but still thoughtful, it’s a rare Netflix original with genuine personality to it. Portrayed like a tall tale of these real-life people, the cast brings them to life with the tone that fits its time while still modernizing it. The old west feels like it’s at the end of its peak in this film, complimented by the production design, which is both complex and minimal when needed. Most of all, the action is exciting with each blast, explosion and punch hitting their mark. The Harder They Fall is one of Netflix’s best films yet.

DECEMBER RELEASES December 3: • Try Harder! • Wolf • Flee (Limited) • Bendetta (Limited) • The Hand Of God (Limited) • Invasion (Limited) December 10: • West Side Story • Red Rocket (Limited) • Being The Ricardos (Limited) • Don’t Look Up (Limited) December 17: • Spider-Man: No Way Home • Nightmare Alley

After thousands of years without interfering, a group of immortal beings find themselves divided on what to do about a world-ending event. You can almost see the tug of war between Chloé Zhao and the people of Marvel Studios in regards to the direction of Eternals. Some

December 22: • The Matrix Resurrections • Sing 2 • The King’s Man

Nat Love assembles his old gang to find the man who murdered his family. For a directorial debut, The Harder

December 25: • A Journal For Jordan • American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story

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check out these amazing holiday events happening across the state Phoestivus began in 2009 to be the perfect all-inclusive December celebration. Phoestivus is the brainchild of Ken Clark from Get Your PHX and Community Food Connections. The Phoenix event boasts traditions like the Pheats of Strength, the Airing of Grievances, Hipster Santa, and Yeti sightings. Info: phoestivus.com

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THE NUTCRACKER

When: Various dates in December Where: 75 N. 2nd St., Phoenix What: Ballet Arizona returns to Symphony Hall in grand fashion with this holiday classic. Celebrate the joy and wonder of the season with Ib Andersen’s The Nutcracker as Tchaikovsky’s cherished score is masterfully performed by The Phoenix Symphony. Follow Clara’s wintry adventures as she battles mischievous mice and charms the Sugar Plum Fairy. Whether this is your first Nutcracker or your 101st, this heartwarming tradition never fails to enchant and draw smiles from all! Info: balletaz.org/performance/the-nutcracker-2021

PHOESTIVUS 2021

When: December 15 and 16 Where: N. Central Ave. and Pierce St., Phoenix What: Shopping local has never been better! The chance to find the perfect gifts for this holiday season, meet the artists, participate in the Phoestivus traditions, enjoy a Phoestivus Ale, and more all while enjoying the great outdoors.

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When: Through December 18 Where: Rawhide Event Center, 5700 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler What: The Town will illuminate with over a million lights and be decked out with holiday décor through December 18. Rawhide will feature holiday festivities nightly during public hours (5 - 10 p.m.). Every Friday and Saturday night, Santa will lead the official tree lighting ceremony and be available for photos. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the nightly snowfall down Main Street and seeing all the town lit up. Admission is free! Info: rawhide.com/event/rawhide-snowy-christmas-2021

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL

When: Through December 24 Where: Herberger Theater, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix What: The holiday classic soars off the screen in this musical adaptation of the beloved television special. Filled with hits like “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Holly Jolly Christmas,” Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer features all of your favorite characters, including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Info: herbergertheater.org/events

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LIGHTS AT THE FARM

When: Through January 2, 2022 Where: Vertuccio Farms, 4011 S. Power Rd., Mesa What: Lights at the Farm at Vertuccio Farms is Arizona’s largest walk-through synchronized Christmas light show featuring ten acres of festive light displays. Keep time with popular Christmas songs, guaranteed to spread Christmas cheer. Enjoy delicious food, music, skating, and other family-friendly entertainment. Skating is available for an additional charge. Info: lightsatthefarm.com

THE MAGICAL CHRISTMAS JOURNEY TO THE NORTH POLE

When: Through December 24 Where: Verde Canyon Railroad, 300 N. Broadway, Clarkdale What: At the magical North Pole passengers will see 12 creatively decorated buildings featuring Santa’s Workshop, Mrs. Claus’ Bakeshop, Naughty Kids Coal Mine, the Antler Inn, Reindeer Flight School, Ice Fishing Hut, Elf School, and Ugly Sweater Factory, among others. Mrs. Claus and acrobatic elves will wave good-bye to Santa Claus as he boards the train for the return trip to Clarkdale. The man in the big red suit will interact with all the children and gift them with a little train memento as a reminder of their Christmas Adventure aboard Verde Canyon Railroad. Info: verdecanyonrr.com/events/christmas-train

PHOENIX ZOO LIGHTS

When: Through January 15, 2022 Where: Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix What: Phoenix’s most cherished holiday tradition is back with millions of twinkling lights, and dazzling animal sculptures. This year, the zoo is offering two options – walk through or drive through. Info: phoenixzoo.org/events

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CHRISTMAS AT SCHNEPF FARMS

When: Through December 31 Where: Schnepf Farms, 24610 E. Rittenhouse, Queen Creek What: Experience the wonder of Christmas at Schnepf Farms, a special kind of holiday magic for the entire family. Featuring the Illumination Express train ride, a Christmas carousel, cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus, hayrides to reindeer, pictures with Santa, snow globe mini golf, a beer and wine garden, and the world’s largest inflatable Christmas-themed obstacle course. Info: schnepfchristmas.com

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* Must be stocking product with the installation before Dec. 15th. Must present coupon or ad at the time of initial appointment. Offers are first appointment incentives only and only good if both decision-makers are present. Cannot combine offers. Dustless tile removal does not actually mean no dust, rather a lot less dust and still a construction site and will need professional cleaning. Financing is based on approved credit. $5,500 min purchase for free air duct cleaning. $35 room sale buy the largest room at regular price and each additional room is $35 for the product only. $35 discount may apply, based on select styles items, and in-stock flooring only. Does not include labor, demo, pad, or materials. Free home disinfectant service makes no claims to kill COVID-19 or prevent it.

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